Brooklyn Nets' Most and Least-Improved Players of the Season
The Brooklyn Nets have made a number of acquisitions over the past year, and they are beginning to see that most of those moves have made this team better in the long run.
The team has a number of players that have improved dramatically, though they have also seen players experience a drop-off in production.
Here are the Nets' most and least improved players of the season.
Gerald Wallace: Most Improved
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The acquisition of Gerald Wallace in Brooklyn is looking better and better every single day.
The forward has been a key defensive force all season long, and he elevates the team's morale by playing extremely hard on every possession. It is safe to say that his tough and inspiring play has outweighed the fact that his numbers on the stat sheet are not as good as they were last season.
When Wallace has a great game the Nets usually come out on top, which was almost the case when he came so close to willing the Nets back from 29 down against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Deron Williams: Least Improved
There is certainly no questioning that Deron Williams has struggled this season, The point guard is having his worst season since the '06-'07 campaign, as he has witnessed a decline in almost all major statistical categories.
The Nets as a whole have struggled to come together as an entire unit, and that starts with the play of Williams. His injuries have been a big reason for his struggles, but he recently stated that the struggles have become a mental issue. This is not good news for the Nets, but I expect him to overcome these tough times as he and his teammates begin to come together as the season progresses.
Andray Blatche: Improved
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Andray Blatche has been proving his worth to the Nets all season long. The forward is averaging 12 points a game while contributing 6.3 rebounds in a role that is mainly off the bench.
Blatche did, however, have to take Brook Lopez' starting role after the center went down with an injury, and he played great. Blatche averaged 17.6 points per game over that seven-game stretch, while also averaging 8.9 rebounds per contest.
Despite his great play, the Nets still went 2-5 during that time period. This was because Blatche was the main contributor to the team's second unit, and the team really missed the presence of Brook Lopez on defense.
Brook Lopez: Least Improved
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Brook Lopez is one of the best centers in the NBA, but the rebounding aspect of his game is still his Achilles' heel. Lopez is averaging just 6.8 boards per game, which is less than Kris Humphries (7.2 per game) and bench player Reggie Evans (8.7 per game).
The Nets need him to make better decisions when it comes to rebounding. This means that he needs to hold his position longer by boxing out defenders and not reaching for plays that are almost impossible for him to make. Lopez will go down as one of the NBA's most improved players if he can somehow find his way rebounding the basketball.